THE FIRST Asks For Masks Auction to raise funds for NHS and healthcare causes will be held and there will be some lots donated by celebrities up for grabs.
The online event will be hosted by Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins at 8.15pm tomorrow.
Among the lots are one of Citizen Khan’s cardigans from the hit BBC sitcom, donated by Birmingham writer and star of the show Adil Ray, and tickets to the first UK film screening of The Undoing contributed by Hugh Grant.
The winners of that lot will get to meet Hugh – who stars in the movie with Nicole Kidman – at the event which will take place once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
Sporting lots include hospitality at Manchester United’s Old Trafford for four people during the 2020/21 season, an England 1966 presentation signed by ten players, a boxing glove signed by Tyson Fury, a classic England football shirt signed by Kevin Keegan and a signed picture of Pele and Bobby Moore.
There is also a box for 16 people at Ascot during the 2020/21 racing season.
For music fans there are front row tickets to see Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall, four tickets to see Madness and meet the band backstage, a signed Liam Gallagher LP and tickets to see other artists, including Katie Melua,
TV fans can bid for a signed Line of Duty cast photograph, donated by writer Jed Mercurio, and a place in the gallery to watch the BBC News at Six is also up for grabs.
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Artworks include a piece from Coldplay by Mila Furstova – ‘True Love II’- Pink and a picture of Jimi Hendrix created by Paul Normansell and ‘My Favourite Little Bird’ by Tracey Emin.
Film fans can pick up a James Bond Presentation Signed by all the Bond actors or bid on tickets to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the Royal Albert Hall with the soundtrack provided by the Royal Philamonic Orchestra.
Other lots include a South of France Classic Car road rally for two people, a Halen Mon gift hamper, a champagne-filled return flight from the UK to Paris and a Top Gun Combat Mission experience for two people.
The cash collected will get Personal Protection Equipment to those places in hospitals, care homes, hospices and GP surgeries where there are gaps in provision.
The majority of the cash – 70 per cent – will go to the NHS Hero Support, 25 per cent will go to the Scrub and Face Protection Hub and five per cent to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.
NHS Hero Support is a network of volunteers getting crucial PPE to frontline medics and carers.
The Scrub and Face Protection Hub is an online portal connecting people on the front lines with a need for PPE, to manufacturers making it – enabling the right kit to get to the right places as quickly and painlessly as possible. The Hub is a not-for-profit resource, created and managed by volunteers.
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability provides specialist rehabilitation and 24-hour long term care for adults with severe brain injury or neurological illness who are too disabled to live at home. RHN fundraises for additional therapies and equipment, including music therapy, therapeutic art, bespoke wheelchairs, physiotherapy equipment and assistive technology. Of the money donated, whatever is needed will be spent on PPE, and the rest on the projects above.
Hagley doctor David Nicholl, who is on the frontline caring for Covid-19 patients at a Birmingham hospital, is one of the organisers of the auction.
“The constant supply of PPE is badly needed in this battle against the virus.
“It’s great so many celebrities, artists, sports clubs and others have been so generous with their donations that we have such a great line-up of lots.
“We want as many people as possible to get involved as we hope this first Asks For Masks auction will be the first of many.”
He urged Bromsgrove businesses and any other celebrities to put lots forward for future events if they could.
To log onto the auction site – which has been provided by superstars.co.uk – click here.